Most Big Cities Now Covered by Smoke-Free Laws
Figure is 30 of 50, up from 1 in 2000, says CDC
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2012 1:30 PM CST
A student waits for a bus behind a no-smoking sign at the State University of New York at Albany.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(Newser) – A sign of how far anti-smoking bans have come in the last decade: In 2000, only one of the nation's 50 biggest cities—San Jose—had a comprehensive law that banned smoking in bars, restaurants, and workplaces. Today, the CDC says that figure is 30, reports WebMD. Of the remaining 20 cities, several are covered by partial bans, either of the city or state variety, but they don't meet the CDC's 100% threshold.

"If we can protect workers and the public in the remaining 20 largest cities, 16 million people would be better protected from cancer and heart disease caused by secondhand smoke," says CDC chief Thomas Frieden. Ten of those cities are in the South. The full CDC report is here.

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Nov 18, 2012 2:45 PM CST
what a damn bunch of crap! SMOKE A GOOD CIGAR! ENJOY LIFE! BE HAPPY!
Nov 18, 2012 8:14 AM CST
I love being able to go into any restaurant in my town and enjoy a meal free from the stench of smoke. However, before cities went smoke free by law, we would simply refuse to patronize smoking establishments. If restaurants didn't offer truly smoke free sections [and not just a designated table at the back of the room next to smokers] we left before being seated. A number of local restaurants began to get the message from non-smokers and voluntarily went smoke free, as many hotels and motels are doing today. It's not that I oppose anti-smoking ordinances for public places... it's just that I think there ought to be a few places where smokers can destroy their lungs if they wish, away from the rest of us. Give them a designated smoking area somewhere ... but don't require wait staff to serve.
Nov 17, 2012 5:05 PM CST
This news should cause American100 to have an orgasm.